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We’ll miss this friendly face

Posted on October 21 2013 at 11:56:22

John Tilt

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Following recent changes in the local policing structure, there is no longer a specific Tardebigge and Slideslow Local Policing Team – and CSO John Tilt (pictured right) seems to have been a casualty of the restructuring process.

Oakalls and Parklands residents will no longer see the friendly face of this well-known and much-respected community support officer, who regularly visited the estate and worked passionately to help improve the local area. He will be greatly missed.

The Local Policing Team has been replaced by a Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) called Bromsgrove South and Rural. The new team covers the South of Bromsgrove including Stoke Prior, Stoke Heath, Charford, and Whitford, as well as the Tardebigge and Slideslow areas. 

The team includes Sergeant Louise Meeson, PC Greg Moorman, plus a Safer Neighbourhood Officer (SNO) and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) – Jane Brothers, Sue White and Simon Cadwallader. In essence there is no longer a specific PCSO for the estate as the new team cover the wider area between them.

Anyone wishing to contact the new team can do by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling the voicemail number: 01527 583736. Messages will be picked up and responded to as necessary by one of the team. 


Work has now begun on the new development off Regents Park Road. It is anticipated that construction will continue until autumn/winter 2014.

The development has been called Oakalls Grange and the new road off Regents Park Road will be called ‘Spode Gardens’.

Following consultation with ward councillors Caroline Spencer and Rod Laight, it was agreed that this name sat comfortably alongside that of Royal Worcester Crescent.

Building work commences


Acat called Mango suffered a long ordeal stuck high up in an 80-foot tree on the Oakalls last month.

Concerned owner Sam Uren, from Samsara Road, sought advice from RSPCA officer Adrian Langley, who felt the cat’s distress was upsetting local wildlife.

Long ladders were used but the cat could not be reached. The fire service then embarked on another rescue attempt but again could not reach the mewing cat.

On a dark, wet Saturday evening, tree surgeon William Boulton finally located Mango – who was cowering in a magpie’s nest. Using ropes and a harness Mango was lowered safely to the ground in a pillow case.
“I am so thankful to everyone who helped me get Mango home and safe,” says Mrs Uren.

“We are very lucky to have such a fabulous community who are willing to help in these situations.”


Oakalls author Sue Watson, whose first novel we reviewed in November 2011, has followed up on the best-selling Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes – which made the top five in the Amazon women’s lit charts – with a brand new book.

Younger, Thinner, Blonder is set in the glitzy world of celebrity and tells the tale of TV presenter Tanya Travis, who appears to have it all but feels it slipping away as she heads past 40.

Sue, a former BBC TV producer, draws on some of her own experiences for the story: “Much of what happens to Tanya happened to people I know in the public eye,” she says, but she’s not telling who!

Younger, Thinner, Blonder is published by Rickshaw Publishing and is now available from Amazon, all online retailers and good bookshops – in paperback and for Kindle.


Regular dog fouling inspections are being made around The Oakalls and Parklands by the Waste Management Officer and further warning signs have been erected.


The Oakalls Christmas Celebration is on Sunday Dec 22 from 6.30pm. More details to follow next time.

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